UK public shows strong preference for vaccines that prevent severe illness, particularly for children13 June 2018The UK public has a clear preference for funding vaccination programmes which protect young children against severe diseases, finds a new study that considered the public’s preferences on vaccines available on the NHS. The study suggests that the public’s preferences about which vaccines are made available on the NHS, particularly children, are not reflected by the current approach. The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF)-funded study, led by University of Bristol researchers, is published today [13 June] in PLOS ONE.
Can a home WiFi router act as a medical sensing device? 9 May 2018New research that could transform the future of healthcare will investigate whether it is possible to reuse WiFi radio waves as a medical radar system. The research, led by the University of Bristol, is part of a new £1.5 million grant awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Toshiba and Decawave to the OPERA project, a consortium including the universities of Bristol and Oxford; University College London and Coventry University.
New Chief Executive for National Composites Centre1 May 2018The University of Bristol today [Tuesday 1 May] announced the appointment of Rich Oldfield as the new Chief Executive of the National Composites Centre (NCC). Owned by the University, the NCC is world-leading in composites research and development and the foremost centre for composites in the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Rich, who is currently Senior Vice President (SVP) for Business Development and Strategy at GKN, will succeed Peter Chivers from 1 September 2018, and brings a wealth of engineering, technology and leadership experience to the position.
Computer game encourages people to be more risk-aware29 March 2018How do you encourage people in the midst of an emergency to stay calm and prioritise their safety over their possessions? University of Bristol researchers have devised a game which they believe could help, by encouraging players to be more risk-aware.
Parliament and Brexit: the demand for academic engagement21 March 2018Parliament’s response to the decision to leave the European Union has resulted in a huge demand for academic engagement. This was the key message from the House of Commons Library staff who came to speak to University of Bristol academics this week.
Bristol researcher takes gold at STEM for Britain awards15 March 2018University of Bristol mathematician Céline Maistret took home a gold from the STEM for Britain awards this week.
Céline’s poster entry to explain her research in number theory on the parity conjecture was up against hundreds of entries from across the country.
Academics urge rethink on 28-day prescriptions for people with long-term conditions13 March 2018The widely adopted practice of issuing 28-day rather than longer duration prescriptions for people with long-term conditions lacks a robust evidence base and should be reconsidered, according to a study published in the British Journal of General Practice today (13 March). Related research shows that considerable savings could be made by the NHS switching to longer prescriptions.
Race, Female Suffrage, and Parliamentary Representation in the Global South7 March 2018Historians, social scientists and campaigners gathered in the Jubilee Room in the Palace of Westminster on 9 February to share their knowledge of the history of women's suffrage across the world, and look to the future of women in power. The event was the brainchild of Dr Sumita Mukherjee (University of Bristol) who brought a rich and inspiring group together, in collaboration with Policy Bristol and Vote 100.
Bristol scientists behind the largest trial ever to investigate prostate cancer screening6 March 2018Inviting men with no symptoms to a one-off PSA* test for prostate cancer does not save lives according to results from the largest ever prostate cancer trial conducted over ten years by Cancer Research UK-funded scientists based at the University of Bristol. This research was published on Tues 6th March in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)**.
Mastering Maritime Security: promoting best practice in guardianship of the sea26 February 2018Tackling maritime security is one of the major global challenges today. More than 90% of trade takes place by sea, with over 10,000 million tons of cargo transported via the world’s oceans every year. International security, the blue economy, and ocean health depend upon effective guardianship of the sea.
Our Menopauses: The Great Menopause Event22 January 2018“Our Menopauses” was a morning event run by Bristol University, Bristol City Council (BCC) and Bristol Women’s Commission at City Hall. Our aim was to provide a forum for learning about menopause from participants, clinicians and researchers, and for sharing experiences in a safe, fun way.